HOUSTON — The
Coast Guard and the crew of a good Samaritan vessel rescued a 57-year-old
man approximately 230 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, Wednesday.
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report from
the crew of the research vessel Hugin Explorer stating the sailing vessel
Pomodoro was taking on water and in need of assistance.
Hugin Explorer's crew relayed the mariner's radio distress calls to Sector
An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Sector/Air
Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew were launched to the scene.
The crew of the Hugin Explorer arrived on scene and transferred the mariner
from the sinking vessel.
The MH-65 helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the mariner from the
good Samaritan vessel and transferred him to Scholes International Airport in
The Pomodoro is currently adrift. A broadcast notice to mariners has been
"The mariner's level of safety preparedness along with the quick
actions of the crew of the Hugin Explorer lead to the positive outcome
today," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Mckendrick, a situation unit
controller at Sector Houston-Galveston. "The mariner was able to don his
lifejacket, activate his emergency position indicating radio beacon and
contact nearby vessels by radio for assistance."
Weather on scene was reported as 8-foot seas with 23-mph winds.